Did You File for Homestead??
The term homestead exemption refers to exemptions from property tax that homeowners may claim. As of January 1st of the current year you must own and reside in the property to claim an exemtion for that year. If you wish to file for HOMESTEAD, ensure you get your application in by April 1st of the current year for the exemptions to reflect on your current year tax bill. Eligible residents may file year round but the exemption deadline to be effective for any given year is April 1. If you file by April 1st the exemption is effective that year, if you file after April 1, the exemption becomes effective the following year. Once you have applied for homestead you do not need to re-apply unless you are eligible for further exemptions. You may only claim Homestead on ONE piece of property in or out of county. The authorized exemption will be deducted from your assessed value, and will estabilish a homestead based for you once approved.
Requirements are: You must own and live on the property. Please bring a copy of a utility bill to show proof of residence. Bring your DL for proof of identity. If you are 62 and older or a disabled Veteran, additional exemptions may be available; bring in your income tax return to see if you meet the requirements for additional exemptions.
Contact the Tax Assessor’s office with any questions 912.754.2125 or come to the office in the Effingham Historic Courthouse, 901 N Pine Street, Springfield, Georgia.